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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The set of allowed arrangements or sequences of speech sounds in a given language. A word beginning with the consonant cluster (zv), for example, violates the phonotactics of English, but not of Russian.
[phono- + tactics, arrangement of linguistic units; see tactics.]
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(Phonetics & Phonology) (functioning as singular) linguistics the study of the possible arrangement of the sounds of a language in the words of that language
[C20: from phono- + -tactics, on the model of syntactic; see syntax]
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pho•no•tac•tics(ˌfoʊ nəˈtæk tɪks)
n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the patterns in which the phonemes of a language may combine to form sequences.
2. the study and description of such patterns.
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